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? >>> there is word that moammar gadhafi wants to trick journalists that innocent civilians have been killed. u.s. officials say that gadhafi was not the target of a missile. he wants bodies removed from morgues and put at the site of the bombing to make it look like innocent people were killed. military officials say they have made significant progress. they believe the attacks against his own people have all but stopped and air defense batteries have been destroyed. on air force one, secretary robert gates says the united states will not be leading the charge for long. >> we expected in a matter of days to be able to turn over the primary responsibility to others. we will continue to support the coalition. we will be a member of the coalition and have a military role in the coalition but not the preeminent role. >> jim is joining us live from tr tripoli. what are we hearing about these plans that moammar gadhafi -- what is happening with these bodies? >> reporter: right. the plan to move these bodies from morgue into bomb sites and then bring foreign journalists like us to report on that beefed
jansing and we are following fast-moving developments in yab today with major implications for u.s. involvement there. confirmation now that the cia is on the ground, conducting a not so secret mission. and as of today, the u.s. has officially handed over control of that mission to nato. on capitol hill, a heated and escalating debate over whether to arm the rebels. here's what secretary of defense robert gates told a congressional hearing just moments ago. >> terms of providing that training, in terms of providing assistance to them, frankly, there are many countries that can do that. that's not a unique capability for the united states, and as far as i'm concerned, somebody else should do that. >> this morning, the rebels continue to lose ground. they've had to retreat more than 100 miles, and gadhafi's troops have taken back important oil regions. it's leaving the rebels dejected, although they are vowing to keep up the fight. >> i'm okay. i don't care about it. i don't care. i want to die, actually, if i can. >> why? >> it's honor to us. it's freedom. we want freedom. >> and in
libya. what it could mean for u.s. military. computer hackers targeting celeb's private e-mail files and compromising pictures. now a federal investigation is under way. >>> let's start with moammar gadhafi changing course in response to the u.n. security council vote to impose a no-fly zone over libya and use all necessary measures to protect civilians. a no-fly zone could bring the u.s. military into libya with air strikes. some people are questioning, does this mean a third military engagement for an already-pressed u.s. military? gadhafi has imposed a cease-fire halting all military operations. this is a complete 180 for the leader who promised fierce attacks if libya was bombed. "the new york times" says four of its journalists who were reported missing in libya have been found. "the times" said all four were captured by forces loyal to gadhafi and will be released. we'll keep you posted on developments in this story. >>> that frantic battle to contain a nuclear situation growing more serious by the moment. japan is asking the u.s. for help and a very, very small part
fighting between libya and rebel forces over the past three or four days. u.s. officials have not had this confirmed and are being very cautious about the circumstances surrounding this. but the report is that a french pilot radioed in and said he had shot down a libyan warplane, not clear that that plane was involved in any sort of offensive military operations at the time. >> thanks for that information this morning. >> you bet. >>> how will this all end? france's foreign minister insists it could go on for weeks, although not months. the l.a. times reports that the rebels are starting to use gadhafi type tactics. richard engle is there with this incredible report. >> reporter: american and european air strikes stopped a massacre in benghazi but on the front lines the rebels are mostly on their own. here there are no trenches or sandbags, just men, poorly armed, who want to fight. the rebel frontline is about five miles outside of the town and smoke can be seen rising. the rebels watch with binoculars but can't advanced. outgunned, rebels say they are killed whenever they approach g
beach, california. what do you see in terms of water? >> behind us, the water here in the harbor is low and we haven't seen it rise. the sheriffs department told us they are only expecting the tide to rise about a foot or two, but they are more concerned about the surge. the warnings came out early this morning before the sun even rose here in southern california. here's what a spokesman told us a short time ago. >> since 5:00 this morning, we closed down all the beaches and the piers and the marinas and the harshors. boating has been stopped. >> this is a tsunami advisory and not a threat. the advisory means that there is a possibility of a threat here. they have braced for that. they told residents not to go to the beaches and not to go to the docks or the harbors. they have not gone out and told people to stay away, but they are telling folks that come in the area to stay away. they are not expecting serious damage, but warning residents to be cautious. there is a higher threat in northern california. folks across the state are watching the beaches up and down california. >> talking
nbc's ron allen joins us on the phone from kio. if we can talk abouthis fighter jet that went down. what do we know? >> reporter: what we're being told is the pilots ejected safely. there are conflicting reports about how the pilots were recovered. there's one report that a u.s. helicopter with special forces, or search-and-rescue teams, either one of the two, rescued one, and then there's a report out there the other pilot was picked up by a rebel group, which is interesting and unusual, of course, but that's all we know about the fate of the pilots. they're safe and the pentagon continues to insist this plane was not shot down, that it was a mechanical problem. >> ron allen, reporting from cairo for us, thank you very much. >>> let's talk about what's happening on the ground. for that i want to bring in former general monty miggs. always good to see you. richard engel says these guys, the anti-gadhafi forces can't even load their own weapons, they don't know who their leaders are. it seems like their strategy is to rely on us. how do you see it? >> certainly they have asked for u
is still, to use their language, very low. some of the saddest images coming out of the town of minami-sanriku where the water poured into a hospital that now looks a lot more like a morgue. a nurse explained the water simply took everyone. 10,000 are feared dead across japan as a result of this the awful disaster. we do want to the focus on some of the hope, as well. five days after the quake and the tsunami, there still are amazing rescues taking place. some of them within the last several hours. today, both a man and woman survivors, and obviously the faces of hope, as well. >>> chris jansing, the host of this program "jansing and company" is in tokyo where she's following the latest developments. i want to ask you about those aftershocks. we heard about them by e-mail. you experienced them firsthand. can you give us a sense of how strong they were and what it was like? >> peter, you lived in california as i did. we both experienced earthquakes before. what is surprising to me before, and i've been here three days, there have been aftershocks every day. they're stronger than anythin
and took to the internet in another web rant. nbc's jeff rossen is live for us and he talked to sheen right after he got fired. how is he reacting to this, jeff? >> reporter: i first texted him, i said, how are you holding up? as soon as this happened. he said great exclamation point and talked to him on the phone an hour later and he told me, quote, i'm doing great. i didn't like that show anyway or those dumb bowling shirts they made me wear. now i'm free at last. and so charlie sheen once again trying to spin this like he's winning. he tries to attach everything to the catchphrase, he said that after his kids were taken away. and in one week this man has lost his kids, his twin boys and his job. he's vowing to fight back against warner bros. it was an 11-page letter that warner bros. wrote to charlie sheen's attorney. he says he never even got a call from the studio executives saying he was fired, he heard about it through his lawyer. and warner bros. basically said, you know, charlie sheen has been saying there's no morals clause in his contract, warner bros. says there is one that if h
weeks of debate by using a political maneuver allow a vote that stripped state workers of their collective bargaining rights. the lone democrat on that panel tried to stop the vote. take a listen. >> this is clearly a violation of the law. >> aye. >> it is improper to move forward while this is a violation of the clause. >> all right. screaming "shame, shame," there, governor scott walker applauding the vote, saying lawmakers stood up to the status quo. 10 of the 14 wisconsin senate democrats whose self-imposed exile out of state continues and they appeared on msnbc's "the edge" show last night. >> they passed it in the course of just a few seconds on the senate floor. so you're talking about five or six decades worth of workers' rights just stomped out within a matter of minutes in the state senate today. >> that state senator will join us in just a moment. stick around for that. first of all, nbc's john yang. do the democrats have any recourse right now? >> reporter: well, richard, actually you can see some protesters gathering here at the state capitol for a big rall
a possible radioactive plume hitting southern california tomorrow. u.s. officials insist people in japan could stay 50 miles away from the fukushima daiichi plant, much farther away than what the japanese government is telling its own people. helicopters once again scrambling to dump seawater onto this complex, and at the same time workers are racing to finish building a new power line that could restart the cooling system and thus give the relief to the overheating nuclear rods that everybody has been watching. officially the death toll now stands at more than 5y 300, about you it's expected to climb past 10,000. part of that is because there are more than 9,000 people missing today. and at least 460,000 are in evacuation centers, many with no homes to return to right now. ann curry is live right now from akita, japan. every day as we look at these numbers, it looks like things are not getting better. what's your sense there? >> they're not getting better, you're absolutely right, richard, what's happening, especially with the people who are quake and tsunami victims, they are above in
manage their cash flow. pnc. for the achiever in us all. >> before we detain him -- >> moammar gadhafi vowing to fight to the finish. blaming al qaeda for the unrest while americans get hammered atd the pump. >>> who is to blame for the death of jesus christ? the pope has that answer. charlie sheen tells what he knows about kids children's where abouts. >>> the ipad three, the features they could have and what they look like. pro-gadhafi forces vow to fight back. an offensive to control the key oil installation of libya. two u.s. warships crossed into the suez canal to provide relief. gadhafi showed new defiance and said he would not step down. let's go to stephanie live in benghazi. it looks like an all-out war at the moment. >> it is looking like that. you have gadhafi forces striking back for the first time since they seized control of this portion of libya a week ago. they hit an oil installation, an oil facility. there's a university back there. they caught them by surprise. there are reported 50 vehicles of fighters armed with machine guns. they were then reinforced by rebel forc
>>> i've got some good news on the jobs front for folks in the u.s. coming as gas prices continue to rocket higher. >>> then president obama says the u.s. and the world are outraged over what is happening in libya. also, he reaffirms that gadhafi must got. >>> and then would donald trump make a good president of the united states. we'll ask latoya jackson about that. >>> get ready to meet this little guy. he's got the world smiling and laughing along with him. yeah. good morning to you. i'm richard lui in for the vacationing chris jansing. the unemployment rate has slipped to its lowest level in nearly two years. here is the big headline. 8.9% for february. that's the number that we're seeing for unemployment. the labor department says 192,000 jobs were added last month. the best showing in nearly a year. we're joined by cnbc's trish regan. bi, that's a great number, huh? >> hey, richard. he have good news and bad news. the good news is you're right, it's pretty much as expected, 192,000 is in line with what economists had been looking for. but 8.9%, that's a great headline. and a
moammar gadhafi. two of his cabinet members laid out the case for u.s. involvement in the conflict on "meet the press". >> secretary gates, is libya in our vital interest as a country? >> no, i don't think it's vital interest for the united states, but we clearly have interest there, and it's a part of the region which is of vital interest for the united states. >> i think a lot of people would hear that and say, well, that's quite striking, not in our vital interest, yet we're committing military resources. >> but it wouldn't be fair as to what bob said. did libya attack us? no, they didn't. >> richard wolfe is live at the white house to you. good morning, to you. some critics heard those words from secretary gates and said, so what's the message here? what do he we know about what we'll hear from the president tonight? >> reporter: the president can seize on a couple of things, for a start, good news from their perspective, nato taking over the mission and the rapid developments from rebels moving towards tripoli. but what we have are two key unanswered questions, the the reason
that the u.s. isn't ruling anything out, including providing weapons to the rebels. >> i'm not ruling it out but i'm also not ruling it in. we're still making an assessment, partly about what gadhafi's forces are going to be doing. but we're not taking anything off the table at this point. >> nbc chief correspondent richard engel is in the stronghold of benghazi, libya. >> reporter: the rebels here in eastern libya are continuing to find themselves on their back foot, driven back by gadhafi's forces. gadhafi's forces are also now changing their tactics. they've been using tanks for the last several days but have discovered that those tanks are so easily identified and destroyed by western air strikes. now gadhafi's troops are using small units, going out in jeeps, civilian cars, going through the desert and then flanking the rebels. it makes it much more difficult for pilots to look down at the battlefield and identify who's who. from a pilot's perspective, all they see are rebels in pickup trucks with guns. and gadhafi's forces in very similar vehicles also with guns. now, in some ways, it'
the u.s. and afghan governments agree that the u.s. military should remain in the country after the planned 2014 end of combat operations to help train and advise afghan forces. >>> hold on, not so fast. a wisconsin state senator is denying a report that democrats are ready to come out of exile and end their nearly three-week union rights standoff with republican governor scott walker. "washington post" reporter ezra klein has been closely following the story. we were reading this headline this morning for "the wall street journal," democrats to end union standoff. but on the flip side, senator larson from that same state saying no, that's not true. what are you hearing and how might they gracefully, shall we say, come to a compromise? >> yeah, i think we can say opinions differ on the standoff right now. i think you're seeing the beginnings of an end game here. the democrats are admitting they can't do this forever. they want something report. they have dramatically weakened walker and there's a recall effort against a number of state senators. walker is down to 40% in the poll
in that country. stocks continue to teeter, could japan's economy cause the u.s. to stumble? we'll look into that. moments ago, a new after shock described by our msnbc team in tokyo as huge and lasting a long time here, we'll hear from chris jansing on that in a home. the threat of a nuclear catastrophe still surrounds japan and a cloud of fear here. the world is watching closely those nuclear reactors at the fukushima plant. 50 workers were ordered out when things got dicey. now they're going back in at great personal risk to try and figure out how to get a handle on things. fires, explosions, and radiation leaks remain a constant threat. it seems no one can predict how this situation will end. the u.s. army trying to ramp up its humanitarian effort to help the people of japan. more than 10,000 people already listed missing or dead. half a million have been evacuated and the cost of the destruction could top $100 billion. the sato family was lucky enough to survive. but when they were returned to their neighborhood, they found there is nothing left for them, their entire town is destroyed, gone
in that explosion, some u.s. personnel were treated for low levels of contaminati contamination. and millions of people have spent three nights without food, water and power. 1,000 bodies washing up on the coastline of miyagi prefecture as well. some towns in japan are running out of coffins and body bags. one town was completely flattened, among the dead people who could not get out of their hospital beds. 1700 residents still missing. but in the middle of all of this destruction, an amazing rescue. an elderly man alive. he was found alive and he survived three days under rubble in miyagi, japan. rescuers scaried him out today. msnbc's chris jansing has made her way to tokyo, there live for us. chris, what are you seeing? >> reporter: well, i have to tell you, when you see that video of the one man being rescued you see there are a few glimmers of hope here. but they are indeed few and far between. the scenes have been absolutely unrelenting devastation. 1,000 bodies, as you said, washing up on one shoreline. they had been washed into the sea bi-the huge waves of the tsunami and are now comi
of the country and the u.s. is moving naval forces towards the country. charlie sheen says our own jeff rossens a rock star. we go into his home to meet his so-called goddesses. is today really d-day in wisconsin as the govern or has said or a political head fake? one of the missing democratic senators joins us from somewhere outside the state. >>> first off, the charlie sheen express gains steam as it rolls down the tracks and gets more out of control. in the past 24 hours his pub cyst quit and his lawyer demands millions and they producer fired back at at actor in a tv message while sheen continues his media blitz, this time letting cameras into his home and introducing the new women in his life he calls his goddesses. >> there's really no judgment. they don't leave with opinion. they don't worry about their own needs all the time. they tell me, look, park your nonsense. help me solve this. what i tell them is get away from your emotions and ego, and therein lies the solution. >> nbc's jeff rossen has more on the brand-new interview with the actor. >> charlie sheen made a lot of news on monda
is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world. her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts." nbc's tracie potts look at the woman behind decades of headlines. >> reporter: elizabeth taylor, a woman of breathtaking bupty, one of hollywood's last true stars. >> everything all right? did they take the money? >> reporter: "national velvet" launched taylor into the spotlight at the age of 12 and for the rest of her life the spotlight never dimmed. taylor delivered ance performances. >> charlie's coming. >> not even gods have time to give you. >> reporter: she won an oscar for a high class call girl in "bunterfield 8." >> the latin motto sick transit glory? i'm the glory. >> reporter: another for 1966 nagging drunken housewife in "who's afraid of virginia woolf." >> georgie boy didn't have the stuff. >> stop it, mother. >> like hell i will. >> i'm a very committed one. i should be committed, too, for being married so many times. >> reporter: her p
and a cell phone. >>> president obama insists the u.s. had to get involved in libya to stop a massacre, and right now, secretary of state hillary clinton is in london, meeting with leaders from around the globe to figure out what to do about moammar gadhafi. here's what she said just moments ago. we don't have that, but we do have from the president last night in his nationally televised speech, where he promised ground troops would not be used to remove moammar gadhafi. and to prove that point, he took a page out of history. >> to be blunt, we went down that road in iraq. thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our troops, and the determination of our diplomats, we are hopeful about iraq's future. but regime change there took eight years, thousands of american and iraqi lives, and nearly $1 trillion. that is not something we can afford to repeat in libya. >> the speech is doing little to calm gop critics this morning, including house speaker john boehner. he says americans still have no answer to the fundamental question, what does success in libya look like? and one of the presiden
>>> our breaking details. the suspect in the killing of two u.s. soldiers in germany confesses but did he act alone? and then vice president joe biden is headed for the capital for bipartisan talks about the budget, but one big problem here the republicans may not show up for this. and do u.s. citizens want the government to do more or less to fex o fix our problems here? and then what was this bus driver thinking when he lashed out at this child. i'm richard lui for chris jansing. islamic extremism may be the motive in the murder of two u.s. airmen. they were gunned down on a bus at frankfurt airport yesterday. two other wounded with life threating injuries. the gunman is due in court today. originally from kosovo. 21 years old. a devout muslim who apparently worked at that airport. anne thompson is live in frankfurt. ann, what are you hearing about this confession we've been talking about? as well, is he organized or related to any sort of large organized group? >> well, first of all, we talk about the respect, richard, he is a 21-year-old frankfurt resident. he worked at the
their leader leave now. what does all this mean for the u.s. war on terror? >>> asleep in the tower. troubling questions about who is keeping watch at the nation's other airports as officials now confirm an air traffic controller was napping on the job. >>> it's friday. so do you have your office beer ready? apparently booze in the workplace is making a comeback. could it actually make us more productive? >>> we begin with the devastate nug develop in japan, radioactive contamination from the troubled fukushima nuclear power plant more severe than first thought. japan's prime minister spoke just a short time ago, calling the situation there very grave and serious. nuclear safety officials now suspect a dangerous breach in the core of a reactor. the evacuation zone has expanded from a 12-mile radius. people who are up to 19 miles mr. the plant are being told to leave. >>> also this morning, japan's police agency says the official death toll from the earthquake and tsunami has now topped 10,000. more than 17,000 are listed as missing. >>> let's go live to tokyo, nbc's lee cowan is there. lee, wh
up a no-fly zone including the danger that poses to u.s. forces across the country. >>> 21 priests in the philadelphia catholic archdiocese suspended after being accused of molesting children after a grand jury report accused the archdiocese of covering up predatory priests for decades. this report is an embarrassment for the cardinal who initially said there were no priests in the ministry who have admitted to or allegedly abused a minor. >>> the ceo of american peril is facing a $250 million lawsuit after he allegedly forced an employee to be his sex slave. the woman alleges soon after her 18 thd birthday the ceo ordered her to his he allegedly asked her to perform sex acts. immediately before leaving she signed a document suggesting she could not sue the company. >>> to tucson, the shooting suspect jared loughner in court. expected to be arraigned on 49 federal charges in the shooting spree that killed six and injured 13 including congre congresswoman gabrielle giffords. we have the details of these new charges. hi, mike. >> reporter: good morning, how are you? today's expanded
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